15 fun things to do on honeymoon in Snowdonia
Here are the 15 best things to do in Snowdonia after your elopement or on your honeymoon. You’ll find Snowdonia on the west coast of the United Kingdom covering 823 square miles of truly stunning landscapes. As the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia is home to over 26,000 people. It’s full of super picturesque little villages like Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert and they are just dang perfect if you’ve got your heart set on an elopement or a romantic break in Snowdonia for your honeymoon.
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- 15 fun things to do on honeymoon in Snowdonia
- 15 things to do on your honeymoon in Snowdonia
- 1. See the Carneddau mountain ponies at Cwm Idwal
- 2. Get your adventure fix at Adventure Parc Snowdonia
- 3. Visit Abersoch
- 4. Make a dinner reservation at Dylan’s Restaurant
- 5. Enjoy a pint in the World’s third best beach bar
- 6. Go stargazing
- 7. Book a guided vineyard tour
- 8. Experience the magic & mountains of Snowdonia from a helicopter
- 9. Visit Ynys Llanddwyn, a small tidal island
- 10. Find hidden sea caves
- 11. Walk along the Wales coastal path
- 12. Take a wander around Beddgelert
- 13. Relax on a Yoga Retreat
- 14. Take a dip in Llyn Gwynant
- 15. Discover the castles of Snowdonia
Deeply steeped in culture and local history, there are so many romantic things you could do on your elopement or honeymoon in Snowdonia. I promise these are the 15 best things to do in Snowdonia after your elopement or on your honeymoon – you’re going to absolutely love it here!
15 things to do on your honeymoon in Snowdonia
To make your stay in Snowdonia as special as possible, here are some of my absolute favourite honeymoon or elopement experiences on offer. Ranging from the best walks up Snowdon, places to see and where to eat and other fun activities to do in North Wales. I think there’s something for everyone and these are perfect for eloping or honeymooning in Snowdonia!
As well as having the most incredible elopement or honeymoon experience in North Wales, make sure the rest of your trip to Snowdonia is just as epic! To help you, I’ve put together the 15 best things to do in Snowdonia, some of these may help you decide what fun things to do after your elopement or on your honeymoon.
1. See the Carneddau mountain ponies at Cwm Idwal
An easy walk with some of the most dramatic mountain views in the UK. No matter what the weather, these beautiful views are truly spectacular in any season. Start at the Ogwen Cottage Visitor Centre. Then take the slightly rocky path towards the gate and across the bridge crossing an often fast-flowing river. This is thepPerfect little spot for taking a quick little selfie with the peak of Y Garn and Afon Idwal in the foreground. Follow the stone-surfaced path to the glacier lake where you can take a quick dip in the freezing cold lake. Or bring out your flask & sarnies and take a moment to admire the glorious views. If you’re as lucky as these two on their couple session in the Ogwen Valley you may even get to see some mountain ponies. Don’t worry if you forgot to pack some sarnies! Head to the Moel Siabod Cafe in Capel Curig after your walk for a nice cappuccino and a tasty piece of cake.
2. Get your adventure fix at Adventure Parc Snowdonia
Make the most of your adventure elopement or honeymoon in Snowdonia and learn how to surf on the world’s first inland surf lagoon at Surf Snowdonia. Brave indoor caves and 5 other weatherproof zones at Adrenaline Indoors (reopens 26th March 2021). Or experience exhilarating outdoor activities such as Europe’s longest zip-line, outdoor climbing walls, and more! Stay in comfortable wooden glamping pods or treat yourself to a romantic stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia. Never before has adventuring in Snowdonia been this glamorous!
3. Visit Abersoch
A popular seaside resort and sailing/watersports centre, with beautiful beaches and lots of colourful beach huts. There’s a busy bistro scene and a good choice of accommodation and attractions such as pony trekking & boat trips. Walk towards Porth Neigwl (or Hell’s Mouth in English), from this beautiful coastal resort on the Llyn Peninsular. It’s popular with surfers and kayakers with spectacular views. Or spend a morning discovering idyllic hidden gems such as the golden sands on Porth Ceiriad Beach.
Take a short but energetic walk up to the summit of Carn Fadryn. It”s an Iron Age hill fort, from where you can enjoy superb views across the Peninsula.
Head to The Dining Room in Abersoch afterwards for an intimate dinner for two. If you fancy staying the night, or even a bit later, get in touch with my friend Alicia at Talhenbont Hall. Their beautiful self-catering cottages are set in over 100 acres and are a slice of heaven on Earth!
4. Make a dinner reservation at Dylan’s Restaurant
With scenic locations in Criccieth, Menai Bridge and Llandudno, Dylan’s restaurants are celebrating the local produce, character and natural beauty of North Wales. Order local fresh mussels grown on the seabed of the Menai Strait. Or share a delicious seafood platter for a real taste of Wales – heaven.
5. Enjoy a pint in the World’s third best beach bar
Once voted the 3rd best beach pub in the world, it’s easy to see why the Ty Coch Inn made the list! Make a day of it and venture to the RNLI lifeboat station at Porthdinllaen. Then carry on to the golf club. You may even get lucky and spot a couple of seals in the sea. Priceless.
6. Go stargazing
To me, gazing at the stars on a crystal clear, and usually cold, night is simply one of the most wonderful things to do! Lie on the floor, or take a beach recliner if you’re fancy, and try and find some of the most easily identifiable constellations. Utterly romantic!
7. Book a guided vineyard tour
Yes, there are vineyards in North Wales, who knew!? Gwinllan Conwy was founded by wine enthusiasts Colin and Charlotte Bennett who offer a unique vineyard experience in a spectacularly beautiful part of North Wales.
First planted in 2012, the vineyard has grown each year and now covers over 3 acres with 3000 vines. Their special hybrid grape varieties are chosen specifically to work well with the soil and climatic conditions in North Wales and bring a unique, fresh and delicate style to the wines. Tours & tastings can be booked online; you’ll find the vineyard in Llangwstenin.
8. Experience the magic & mountains of Snowdonia from a helicopter
Flights start from Bettws-y-Coed from where you will fly south west, passing over the castle at Dolwyddelan. The breathtaking range of scenery continues to unfold beneath you as you pass by Blaenau Ffestiniog. And then on to Portmerion, the picturesque Italianate village. Heading north you will fly over Beddgelert, the prettiest village in Snowdonia. Before flying past Snowdon, at 1085m is the highest mountain in Wales.
9. Visit Ynys Llanddwyn, a small tidal island
There aren’t many things more romantic than a visit to Newborough Beach and the magical Ynys Llanddwyn. Anglesey is a dream and totally deserves to be amongst the 15 best things to do after your elopement or on your honeymoon in Snowdonia.
It’s the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic in summer but equally breathtaking (quite literally) when storms arrive in the colder months. The views across Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula are second to none! Llanddwyn translates into ‘The church of St. Dwynwen’ and legend has it that Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, making her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine. In Wales, the 25th of January is often celebrated As St. Dwynwen’s Day, just as the 14th of February is celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day. If that’s not romantic I don’t know what is!
10. Find hidden sea caves
North Wales boasts plenty of sea caves for you to explore! Check out Dinas Bach and Dinas Mawr along the Llyn Peninsula; both feature small sea caves that can be seen and walked to when the tide is out.
11. Walk along the Wales coastal path
Pick up the trail at Porthmadog and enjoy stunning landscape, wildlife, picturesque towns and beaches. Plus so many other things to see and do along the Coast Path.
12. Take a wander around Beddgelert
A place of legend, culture and history and rich with activities, adventures and attractions. Beddgelert is a beautiful place to visit, and an even better place to stay for a romantic elopement or on your honeymoon in Snowdonia.
Stay in the magnificent Sygun Mawr Country House located in an unrivalled position amongst the beautiful mountains, just outside Beddgelert. A super relaxed, friendly and informal base perfect for walking & mountain biking adventures.
13. Relax on a Yoga Retreat
Fancy something a little more mindful? Maybe you need to recharge your batteries and discover relaxing walks, transformational yoga skills and healthy food in exceptional surroundings – this scenic yoga retreat right in the heart of Snowdonia is definitely for you!
14. Take a dip in Llyn Gwynant
Head for the viewpoint overlooking Nant Gwynant, which is undoubtedly Snowdonia’s most beautiful valley. Follow the road that winds alongside the valley until you get to the bottom and stop off for a lakeside picnic or take a dip in the stunning lake. The water quality is good, though a sandy bottom means that the water is not always completely clear. Swimming of course depends on the weather, but be aware – it’s a glacier lake and the water can be a tad cold…
15. Discover the castles of Snowdonia
Stop off at Caernarfon Castle, recognised around the world as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages. Or watch the peacocks strut their stuff across the courtyards at the magnificent Gwydir Castle. Watch sailboats in the marina from the walls of Conwy Castle. Or admire stunning views of some of Snowdonia’s finest mountains from Harlech Castle.
There we have it – the 15 best things to do after your elopement or on your honeymoon in Snowdonia. I hope these suggestions will inspire you a little; if you’re dreaming about eloping to Snowdonia, read everything you need to know about how to plan your very own perfect elopement in Snowdonia and don’t forget to check out The Ultimate Snowdonia Elopement Guide.
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